- MANUFACTURED: hand-made by artisans: they must tell a story.
- RAW MATERIALS: linked to the elements of Nature: wood, stone, glass, ceramics, leather, etc.
- WELL AGED CAPACITY: the capacity of aging, and gaining quality from it – beauty in aging.
- QUALITY DESIGN: a distinct design quality and language.
- INTEMPORALITY: eternal and timeless, in their durability, form and structure.
- MADE IN PORTUGAL: made by Portuguese craftsmen and artisans, when possible.
- SILENT LIVING COLORS: a specific set of nude and neutral palette of colors, Silent Living Colors.
- ORGANIC SOURCE: escape from plasticity and machinery perfection, aim for organic forms and natural imperfections.
1. CENTRE PIECES
- One of a kind pieces hand made in NYC on consignment at Santa Clara and other properties
2. TEA AND COFFEE CUPS
- Designed and samples made in NYC
- Slipcasting to ensure handmade finish with ability to be re-ordered
- Possible small batch/handmade manufacturing in Portugal
3. RESIDENCY - SCULPTURE | INSTALLATION | PRIMITIVE FIRING TECHNIQUES
- Developing a body of work in response to the time spent in Portugal
- Exploring specific space and nature surrounding, site specific works
- Working with nature/natural materials and firing techniques
- Making sculpture from found materials in the local area
- Found Japanese wood with ceramic base
INSTALLATION IN NATURE
- Example of No. ceramic lanterns integrated with landscape
4. COLLABORATION WITH CEREAL MAGAZINE
- Collaboration for a story in their magazine/online
PROPOSAL - SILENT LIVING - FEBUARY 2018
SILENT LIVING MANIFESTO
We can see Silent Living as a recipe of that wonderful plate made by our grandmothers, which reminds us of home, warming our hearts and souls. Well, in every recipe, the right ingredients are vital, but the secret remains in the way you combine them, to get the best flavours, as our grandmothers used to do. With this in mind, we aim not only to gather a series of ingredients we acknowledge as essential to reaching the Silent Living flavours, but we also wish to combine them differently, to achieve the best recipes of happiness.
The elements we find to be the key to reach Silent Living were born in our experiences, readings and culture, of all the things we consider the right steps towards a happy
lifestyle. It seems to us that our concept origins come from the beautiful connection between great architecture and breathtaking landscapes, and the bond made between them and the users, defines the essence of the experiences provided by each house.
MEMORY – Portuguese culture has a very strong connection with housing archetypes, so we aim to honour their memory by immortalising them in our buildings. Thus, every one of our houses tells a story, from our culture, our ancestors, our country’s history, reinventing styles, details and ways of living, connecting past, present and future.
LOCAL - We trust that travelling – and the places we come across- can be an extraordinary rich experience, creating exceptional memories and improving the way we deal with the world and the people in it. Therefore, we aim to connect our guests to the place they’re at, allowing them to bond with the best of their surroundings, emotionally, spiritually and culturally. Thus, we wish to highlight – through everything that connects with our guests – the assets of each and every one of the places we’ve chosen to build our houses because we truly believe that their unique traits can be life changing if you connect with them.
SIMPLICITY - We felt very inspired by the principles of Wabi-Sabi lifestyle, which are based on the ability to find beauty in what’s essential, in nature and all the stages of life, as well as in its imperfection, allowing us to value the most important things in our surroundings. In this way, it’s our ambition to create spaces that, by being naked of every superficial and unessential thing, can take you back to the roots, letting you live intensively the space and the moment, and absorb the features that make you closer to happiness. Having less, to live more.
HOME - We believe it is crucial to provide our guests, rather than housing, the feeling of home, to bring awareness of its importance when you are away from your own. Silent living is about getting richer, by learning something you can take home with you.
FAMILY - The will to provide home in our houses’ life experiences makes us wonder: What do we need, to feel like home? The answer relies, as well as in many other things, on the bonds we share with our loved ones. Therefore, it’s essential to bring to our houses the sense of community and sharing, as a warm welcome to our guests to sit at our table, share our meals, as a part of the Silent Living family.
NATURE - If we ask anyone who has a fast-paced, anxiety-ridden lifestyle about their vision of heavenly experiences, they are always related to going back to their roots. Having this in mind, the connection with nature, flora and fauna, represents a key part of Silent Living, allowing our guests to take a step back from their overwhelmed lives, and appreciate the calm, serenity and joy that comes from connecting with Nature.
MATERIAL - To ensure and strengthen the connection between our houses and their surroundings, it’s in our best interest to always keep the buildings faithful to the local language and values, letting our guests integrate themselves locally, through space and culture. Thus, we continuously search for materials, shapes, objects and rituals – provided by architectural features – capable of connecting the building to the place where it belongs.
ATMOSPHERE - In order to approach users and spaces, and reinforce their bonds, we believe architecture plays a very important role in the moment of creating life-changing memories. Therefore, we find interesting to challenge our guests to explore their own routines, movements, and behaviours, reflecting about them and their importance. The idea is to create unique atmospheres, produced by every house particularity, in order to stimulate the senses, allowing you to connect with yourself, the place and people around you. We also understand how crucial it is for our houses to adapt to seasons, providing warmth and togetherness in the winter, as well as freshness and tranquillity in the summer time.
True luxury is experience, exploration, freedom of choice, nature and connection. Making works that exist for the experience and can not be bought or sold. This gives poise and clarity to what it essential in life and in existence - Regardless of race, gender, religion etc. The physicality of experience through the body is inclusive. We all can share an experience of which our interpretations will be individual - We are creating living, shared sculpture.
We are working with nature in a way that is renewable, sustainable and impermanent. A dialogue with the materials, elements, nature, space, animals, architecture and each other - the installation is 100% biodegradable.
I will leave a set of instructions for the guests to follow. These instructions will be open enough for the guest to interpret themselves but not so open that they feel at a loss. I will also document my actions in a chronological format via polaroids to be left at the properties. This takes away the need for language, should that be an issue with following instruction.
The guests are at liberty to participate in the works if they wish, or they can choose to be observers - both contribute to the existence and importance of the shared experience.
An Exercise in Heightening Perception:
In creating art work it effects how we see. Through simple direction and demonstration we can encourage a individual way of seeing. When gathering natural elements to add to an instillation we see the world with a new intensity. With this choice, our walks take on a new purpose. The beauty in seeing. This concept can be continued in the other properties through observational charcoal drawing. The landscape, architecture or fruit bowl providing a source for peaceful observational drawing.
We look at the connection to the earth, how an individual before us has chose to interpret the works. Although a guest does not meet the previous guest they have a shared experience and can observe some presence of the person before or the artists. Offering a connection beyond communication of language.
The feeling of earth, clay, sand in our hands and beneath her feet makes us feel alive and present in our bodies. The senses become switched on and we are connected to nature but also to ourselves.
Learning through Bodily Action:
Learning through action. All of these practices are for the Silent Living Properties but they are also simplistic, primitive practices that you can understand, and continue in your own life. These rituals are transferable, experienced in the Silent Living properites they can be adapted and adopted for future use in other places. Demonstrating how a simple action like raking sand can make a philosphy felt in our bodies.
Instructional drawing concept: To make a drawing using 3 lines and 2 circles. Each interpretation of this by each individual will be different.
The concept for silent living involves the elements : Air, Earth, Fire, Water
CASA NO TEMPO - BUILDING OF INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION & PREPARATION OF MATERIALS
EXPLORATION, GATHERING AND DEVELOPMENT:
- Exploration of the grounds on horse back
- Assessing Grounds
- Planning Space For Installations
- Digging Clay
- Sourcing Natural Materials
PIT FIRED CERAMICS
- Dig Clay
- Dig Hole of Pit fire (or use barrel)
- Fill hole/barrel with combustables (use anything from dry leaves and twigs, coal, sawdust or manure, which will all burn slowly.)
- Whatever you decide to use cover the entire bottom of the pit with an even layer.
- Place your ceramics or pieces on top of the combustibles on the bottom of the pit leaving an inch between each piece.
- Locate an area where you can build an outdoor fire.
- Get a metal drum.
- Pick out wood to make into charcoal.
- Fill the drum with the cured wood.
- Prepare to light a bonfire.
- Burn the bonfire.
- Remove charcoal
INSTALLATION BUILD OUT
- Find Natural Materials in the Casa No Tempo Property
- Collect and Assemble
- Collect wood, clay, grasses etc.
- Construct platforms to build on
ACTION 1: INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION - CASA NO TEMPO
- Guests can continue to collect, re-arrange and remove elements from Installation
ACTION 2: CHARCOAL DRAWING - SANTA CLARA 1782/ AVAILABLE AT ALL PROPERTIES
- Hand made charcoal from Casa No Tempo
- Specific Instructions for making a drawing
- Still life
ACTION 2: SEED BALLS FILLED WITH WILD AND NATIVE SEEDS - AVAILABLE ALL OUT DOOR PROPERTIES
- Mix the soil, clay and 1 part water thoroughly. There should be no lumps.
- Add seeds.
- Take small bits of the clay mixture and roll into ball about one inch in diameter.
- Dry seed balls for 24-48 hours in a shady place before sowing or storing.
- The last step in how to make flower seed balls is sowing them.
ACTION 3: SAND DRAWING - AVAILABLE AT CASAS NA AREIA & CABANAS NO RIO
- Sand Mounds to be made with bowl with hole in the bottom
- Raking Zen garden style
- Long Sticks/staffs prepared for drawing in the sand